Shopping for groceries has never been easier. These days, you don't even have to leave your car or better yet, your house, to buy your family's favorite foods. Saving time is exactly what grocery delivery and pickup services are supposed to provide. For some people, online grocery shopping is worth it. I am not one of those people. Truthfully, it depends on both your eating and grocery habits. It’s safe to say I will not be using these services again anytime soon, but I can understand why it’s a great idea for people who are looking to save time or don’t have easy transportation to a grocery store.
Other than running into a few missing items, the Instacart site is very easy to navigate. If you can’t find what you’re looking for by browsing, you can use the search option to track it down. Plus, Instacart was great at updating me with texts throughout the process and everything came right on time, even though it could have been packaged better.
My main issue with the service is that you can’t guarantee you’ll get exactly what you want, and after trying it firsthand, my fears were confirmed. The produce is never going to be perfect and you’re gambling with a shopper grabbing the wrong item or the item not being available by the time they start shopping. With added delivery fees, tips, and service fees, it does cost more than going to the store yourself, which frankly wasn't worth the time I saved.